School Direct offers the experience of a school right from the start, making teaching a far less daunting prospect.
You are able to embed yourself into the school more than you would on a traditional placement, and therefore build stronger relationships with pupils and teachers that will help to improve your teaching.
Currently you can train at one of the following Alliance schools:
We are growing our Alliance and will be adding more schools before UCAS opens for registration. Check back regularly for updates.
We work in partnership with Bromley Schools Collegiate who provide an accompanying support package and training in collaboration with the Teaching School. Together we have a track record of enabling teachers to become good and outstanding practitioners. As well as hard work and commitment this takes a conviction that every child is entitled to a quality education and an understanding that it is our job to overcome all barriers to help them succeed.
Throughout this experience trainees acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding of the range of elements which make an outstanding teacher, as specified in the Teachers’ Standards ; from developing good relationships with children and other colleagues to promote learning, to working within a framework and national and school policies to deliver the Curriculum. Experience in school progresses from observing and working alongside the class teacher, to taking full responsibility, initially for individuals and groups, and later, for a whole class.
We do this by building a strong skill set around many different aspects of Professional Development (PD) where trainees are encouraged to become involved in joint practice development, mini action research and observation, The majority of training is delivered by class-based practitioners in collaboration with the teaching school.
We will help you to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning and prepare you to teach in an inclusive environment. We will provide professional development in all National Curriculum subjects and support you in developing professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour you expect from pupils.
Your final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of your teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study. Attendance and punctuality are important requirements and are assessed as aspects of your professional attributes. Assessment of the teaching is carried out regularly through observations of lessons throughout the placement.
An essential part of the course is the tasks and assignments that trainees carry out to address a number of topics. Teaching is assessed against Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Standards and teaching practices in two school placements. Subject knowledge, pedagogy and a trainee’s development as a reflective practitioner are assessed through a combination of observations, written assignments and evidence files.
School Direct Salaried candidates
School Direct Salaried candidates need to have at least three years work experience but not necessarily in an education setting. We will be looking for candidates with transferable skills that will serve them well as a teacher. You will have the ability to plan and organise your work well, and a confident presentation style. We will also be looking for recent experience of life in a state-maintained school. Experience of working with primary aged children either in a paid or voluntary role would be beneficial.
All School Direct candidates
You will be required to use your imagination and enthusiasm in equal measure. Alongside this we will be looking for candidates who have resilience and patience to work with both pupils and colleagues.
We are looking for people who irrespective of their background understand that all people have a right to be treated with respect. You’ll need to work with your colleagues and with parents to ensure that you are aware of the particular needs of your classes. Many of our schools have a very diverse pupil population which provides a great opportunity to learn more about other people’s cultures and beliefs. Find out about schools’ equal opportunities policies to see examples of the ways in which they outwardly demonstrate that they are committed to respecting individual differences.
- Ability to work on own initiative and manage own work load
- Ability to combine work and study
- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
- Ability to build relationships with children that promote learning
- Clear and accurate verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to read effectively
- An interest in and enjoyment of working with children
- Ability to reflect on own practice and learning and listen to advice
- Determination to achieve Qualified Teacher Status
- Positive attitudes towards children and young people
- An understanding of children’s needs
- An understanding of the professional boundaries related to child protection procedures
- First or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent Degree passed at 2.2 or above
- English, Maths and Science GCSE grade C or above
- Skills Test in Maths and English
- If your qualifications were awarded abroad, you must submit proof of equivalency from NARIC with your application.
Education Teaching Alliance Lewisham is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applicants from groups under-represented in primary schools, for example, men, those from ethnic minority groups and those with disabilities.